Who Are You Serving?

Matthew 25:31-40

When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

The first half of this teaching from Jesus about being a servant of the King in Matthew 25 struck me recently in a profound way.  I know that God will one day divide the “sheep” from the “goats” and deal with each group according to their due reward.  But I believe that there is more to learn from what the King says to the “sheep” in this passage.  Christ is reminding us that we do not work for our entrance into the kingdom, but rather, while we are waiting for the kingdom to come, we are to be in the service of the King.  That fact is evidenced by how He is praising those who have served others in various stages of need throughout their lives.  Christ then equates that service to service done directly to the King Himself!  What a thought!  I am called to serve the King of Kings!  So often we are focused on serving other people which can lead us to focus on the service rather than on Who we are serving.  Does God want us to serve others?  The answer is a resounding YES!  But He wants us to realize that everything we do must be done with the perspective of serving the King in mind.  If I saw the Lord in need of something, of course, I would run to meet that need because He is the One I love and serve!  But how often do we miss the opportunity to serve other people as if they are just as important as the King?  Or how often do we serve others merely out of duty and for the praise of men alone?  This selfish service is not what Christ wants from us!  May our hearts be turned to service for the King of Kings in whatever opportunities He allows to cross our paths!